BARODA — Baroda Township Clerk Wendie Shafer will retire at the end of the year, after 17 years on the job.
Shafer on Monday asked the Township Board for approval to train her replacement, Christina Price of Baroda, for the rest of the year. She suggested Price be paid $15 an hour during her training, and the board approved that.
“She’ll be wonderful,” Shafer said about Price. She said Price has a degree in business administration and is a “dig in, hands-on type of person.”
Shafer also recommended that Price’s annual salary be $29,500, the same as hers.
Asked after the meeting why she’s stepping down, Shafer, 65, said, “I’m old enough, for one thing.” She also said she and her husband, Tom, want to do some traveling and take some vacations.
Shafer, a 1971 graduate of Lakeshore High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in education and music from Andrews University in 1975.
Also Monday, Baroda Fire Department Captain Doug deBest told the board the department, with the Baroda Fire Board’s approval, is selling its 1994 tanker truck.
“The big reason is we have no place to put it,” deBest said. “... We really don’t have any option.”
Baroda Township voters by a narrow margin in August turned down the township’s request for a millage levy to fund the building of a new fire station. The current station is obsolete and isn’t big enough to store all the department’s equipment, officials say.
DeBest said the Lake Township Fire Department has been storing the truck for the past two years, but “that was temporary.”
DeBest also said the Fire Board has approved getting a replacement for the department’s 1987 truck.
“It’s great news for us,” said. “It’s time to purchase a new one.”
The new truck will be delivered in 2020, deBest said. He noted that while voters turned down the new station, they did pass a renewal of the millage “to buy new equipment.”
Clerk Brenda Troxell told the board the township’s Trail & Treat event got some bad news when its major sponsor dropped out, but Baroda citizens, the Baroda Village Council, and the Baroda Lions Club made contributions to keep the event going.
“Thank goodness, this is a great community and people stepped up,” Troxell said.
The event will take place at the Township Park at Hess Lake from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, Troxell said. She said it’s a “non-scary Halloween” event that will feature treats, a Library Story Hour by the Lincoln Township Public Library, and vision screening.
Officer Jim Howell of the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department said thieves have recently been breaking into cars and trucks “from Lincoln Township to Bridgman.” He urged residents to make certain their vehicles are locked at night.
The board at a special meeting on Oct. 2 approved an application from Dan and Ashley Nitz for a wine bottling and storage operation at 7707 Lincoln Ave. The board at that meeting also approved renewing the current Michiana Recycling and Disposal contract until December 2021.